Friday, November 26, 2010

November's Art Journal Friday

Happy Friday bloggers and crafters, and welcome to the November edition of Art Journal Friday! If you haven't played before, I post a prompt here on the last Friday of the month which runs all weekend, and we invite to use this as inspiration for some art journaling over the weekend using any medium you like. You're invited to share your piece with us over at our Ning community, where you're sure to receive lots of love for your artwork, and if you don't feel able to share by all means come on over and leave some love for someone else! Art journaling is for everyone and we would love you to come join us!

This month sees us in the middle of Thanksgiving weekend in America, and in the UK... it's the end of November! After November comes December, that particular time of year when for many of us life steps up a gear for a good couple of weeks :) Some of us enjoy the excitement and the change of pace, and some of us dread it and wait for January! ;)

Well for this month's prompt I would like to invite you to journal how you feel about the upcoming festive season; are there certain things appearing that are making you feel excited about the time to come? Or does it more fit you to create something calming to counteract the rising tide of busybusybusy which is fast approaching? Come join us this weekend and share your December anticipation! Click here to take you to our Ning community if you'd like to visit us there and share some thoughts :)

Happy journaling! Gayle xx

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

The Scrappy Tree wishes all our American followers a Happy Thanksgiving and we hope everyone around the world has things to be thankful for this year.

Have a wonderful day ♥

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dear 2010, thank you for...

Here we are at Day 3 of our thankful challenge! Thanksgiving is right around the corner for our American friends, and for us Brits... well, it's nearly December and December means Christmas, right?? :) The Brits in-the-know will be using this week as a good excuse to keep those pumpkin based recipes going now that Halloween is well and truly over, and feeling very jealous of the long weekend that's about to hit Stateside!

This time last year I did a layout for our thankfulness challenge, and I really wanted to revisit that this year as I'm in a very different place now; I found it really inspiring to think of all the good things that have happened in the past year! For the journalling I used a prompt from Shimelle's True Stories class and went through the alphabet thinking of all the good stuff!

I used Bobunny 'A Gift of Love' 12x12 and a matching journaling spot, an assortment of Thickers and Papermania mini-alphas, Prima and Papermania flowers and some brads and a button from my stash. For the journaling I used my Dymo for the date, and then journaled on some plain luggage tags, using Inspirations alphabet stamps for the large letters (stamped with fired brick and faded jeans Distress Ink) and a Gelly Roll black pen for the rest of the writing. I also inked around the edges of the tags and page with fired brick Distress Ink, and stamped an Inkadinkado flourish onto the red card in embossing Distress Ink to create the pockets, embellishing with a few dashes of gold Stickles.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving from me and The Scrappy Tree :)

Gayle xx

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Being Thankful

This time of the year just seems like the perfect time to reflect on what we are thankful for and this year I decided to do a layout about what being thankful means to me.

My journaling reads: To me, to be thankful means you must appreciate and see both the good and bad in your life and realize that the bad can be overcome. The good stands out so much more when you don't give the bad power to influence you or bring you down. You must always be thankful for the good!
Supplies Used:
Bazzill Basics Kraft Cardstock
Maya Rd. Journaling Squares
Glimmer Mists
Vintage Piano Book (back cover used)
October Afternoon Paper
7 Gypsies file tab, tape
American Crafts Letter Stickers
Michaels $1 stamps (individual letters)
Prima stamps
Prima Flowers
Prima pebble
Vintage Pattern image
I hope all of our blog readers have a wonderful holiday and are thankful for many things!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thankful...yes I am!

Hi everyone :)
I hope this post finds you having a beautiful morning or restful evening. My Thankful project this year focused on the number one thing I am thankful for always, without question, my family and my life. Without my family, I could not live the life I love and without the people in my life, I could not be thankful.

This year my family has had its trials and tribulations and we are ready for some peace and harmony. When you face a challenge in life, you can do one of two things, question it and wish it didn't happen or move on and take what every new day brings you. Going forward, we are eating up the new days and hoping everyone of them gets better as we live this life together, truly thankful that we have each other to lean on, to make it to the next new one.

I chose a piece that reflected my family, my hobbies and some things I hold dear to my heart, I hope you enjoy it :)

Because this project was so close to me, it also became my new favorite thing in my Art Studio, hanging above my faithful cork-board and below my dangling bottles that swing in the
door way...

Items used: 7 Gypsies tray, Art paper from Art supply warehouse, Jenni Bowlin misc., Tim Holtz misc. and other random goodness. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have questions.

Thanks for stopping by today, come back tomorrow for Julie's project.

Kristin xx

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2010- Thankful Challenge

Hi Everyone!

As our 1st anniversary comes around so does the anniversary of our very first challenge. The Thanksgiving holiday here in the states is all about being thankful for what you have but we recognize many people all over the world like to show thanks too and as it quickly approaches, we are happy to bring back our Thankful Challenge. The idea is simple, let what you are thankful for inspire you to create a project that simply reflects that. It can be anything that strikes your fancy, a photograph of your family, a mini album about the years celebrations in your life, a layout of your loved ones.

Add it here, below this post or upload it to our Scrappy Community Here by November 24th (under projects-2010-Thankful Challenge). Feel free to write a brief description of your project, how you made it and what inspired you to begin with. One person will be randomly selected to receive a little scrappy care package.

We hope you join us for the challenge, but more importantly, we hope YOU have something to feel thankful for in your life.

Thanks for all the support you have given us through the past year, we couldn’t have done it without you, so this year, we are thankful for YOU !

The Scrappy Tree Team

Monday, November 15, 2010

November Inspiration Challenge

November is a month to celebrate here at The Scrappy Tree. Not only will we be celebrating the beginning of the holiday season, but we will be celebrating our 1st Anniversary of blogging!

This month's Inspiration Challenge is taking that 1st year celebration and challenging YOU to come up with a project (card, ATC, scrapbook page, altered item, etc.) based on this image from

When I saw this image, I was struck by the lovely color palette and the top layer of this cupcake tower. Wouldn't this be a great way to celebrate any occasion? Here's how the image inspired me:

I used October Afternoon paper because it is just a delicious shade of yellow. I pleated part of the paper to replicate the look of the top tower in the picture. I used old lace and seam binding to complete the card.
We'd love to see your take on our Anniversary Celebration Inspiration Challenge! Please post your creations to our NING SITE by this Friday night! Thank you for sticking with us over this past year! We can't wait to bring you many more years of crafty projects and inspiration!

Friday, November 12, 2010

BLUE Challenge Winners!

First off, we would like to say, YOU are all Winners!

Everyone that took part, took notice and help spread the word of World Pneumonia Day, give yourselves a pat on the back. This is a fight we can win and each and every one of you who created something blue and posted it to your blog or picture gallery, or wore blue jeans today and made sure everyone knew why, or created banners or tweeted about World Pneumonia Day helped the fight against pneumonia move forward and we are truly proud of you!

You can still do more, visit the World Pneumonia Day site to see how.

See here how many others are doing their part too!

On to our winners;

We were simply blown away by the amazing entries and it was a very hard decision! In the end, we thought Joanna's entry was the perfect combination of art for the cause, well done Joanna! We will be sending you some BLUE scrappy supplies and donating $10 to the Gavi Alliance in your honor.

To see more from Joanna, visit her here

Our other beautiful entries and winners: Each of you will have a $10 dollar donation sent to the Gavi Alliance in your honor.




Scrap it Girl







To to all of our winners, thanks again for supporting our BLUE challenge. Please send us your Name & Address to, so we can make the donation, thanks.

Keep Fighting Pneumonia!

The Scrappy Tree team

Thursday, November 11, 2010

World Pneumonia Day!

As we end our Blue Challenge, we are only beginning the fight against Pneumonia. The Scrappy Tree would like to thank everyone who took part and supported our BLUE challenge and encourage each and every one of you to continue to spread the word of World Pneumonia Day on November 12th. Donate $10 to the GAVI Alliance to vaccinate a child today, Wear Blue Jeans on November 12th, do all you can to become a Pneumonia fighter!

Visit these fighters to learn more:

Join the Wear Blue Jeans event on Facebook

Check out the World Pneumonia Day site to see other World Pneumonia Day events and learn other ways to support the cause and make a difference.

Visit to see the Wear blue jeans challenge entries.

The winners of our BLUE challenge will be announced at 12 noon PST November 12th, join us here to congratulate the winners and supporters.

Become a Pneumonia Fighter today!

The Scrappy Tree team

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

World Pneumonia Day- BLUE Challenge!

Happy November Everyone! The Scrappy Tree is proud to announce its next challenge!

On November 12, 2010, Save the Children and Grey's Anatomy star Kevin Mckidd, Spokesperson for World Pneumonia Day are fighting Pneumonia and so is the Scrappy Tree! Pneumonia is the leading killer in young children in the developing world. Everyday, 3,000 children die as a result of pneumonia...everyday! Just TEN dollars helps vaccinate a child against the most deadly causes of pneumonia. The Scrappy Tree wants to do their part and that's where you come in! You can donate directly by clicking here, or join our challenge and let us do it for you.

The Challenge:
Often when children develop pneumonia, they turn blue. Save the Children and the World Pneumonia Day campaign wants everyone to wear blue on November 12th to show our support and make others aware, we want you to create something BLUE to show your support.

*Create a Layout, ATC, Wall hanging, Banner, Twinchie, Altered art piece, Art journal page, Pendant or jewelry, etc. to show your support and upload a picture to our Scrappy Community HERE,
Below this post, or give us a link to your blog so we know to include your entry. Do so by November 11th 2010 no later than 10 pm PST.

*UPDATED Requirements-
your creation must be BLUE but you may use some black and white accents or pictures, journaling and embellishments in blue, let the colors of the WPD Logo be your guide.

*Feel free to email us with any questions;

The Scrappy Tree team will announce the winners on November 12th 2010. The top ten winners will have a $10 donation, in their name, sent to the GAVI Alliance. One top winner will take home some cool blue scrappy supplies. So start thinking BLUE and get involved!

~Other ways to show support~
~Post your creation on your blog and give World Pneumonia Day a shout out.
~Grab the BLUE challenge button here.

Other ways to Take Action!

Visit the World Pneumonia Day site for more information on other ways to help!

Also, see other ways Kevin's supporters are helping Save the Children at So far, they have raised over $5,500.00 for the Save the Children Earthquake relief fund in Haiti.
Do your part today!